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CDPAC/PHAC Fall 2012-Winter 2013 Webinar Series: Webinar 3 - Workplace Mental Health

Date: Friday, March 22nd, 2013 

Time: 1:00-2:30 pm EST

Register now at: (under "Fireside Chats")

“Introducing Workplace Mental Health: A NEW Standard and Promising Practices” is the third and final webinar in a three-part series on various topics in mental health promotion and mental illness prevention delivered jointly by the Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada (CDPAC) and the Public Health Agency of Canada’s (PHAC) Canadian Best Practices Initiative.

Previous webinars in the CDPAC/PHAC series have explored the scope of mental illness in Canada and the relationships between mental health, mental illness and chronic disease. This webinar builds on previous work by focusing on 'what works' in workplace mental health promotion and prevention, and will provide an opportunity to hear from and ask questions to expert speakers on:

1. An introduction to workplace mental wellness;

2. The NEW National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace (more...);

3. Implementation of the NEW Standard at Mental Health Commission of Canada offices;

4. The Mental Health Works Workplace Program, including the Vital Workplace workshop (more...); and

5. Best practice workplace wellness interventions on the Canadian Best Practices Portal (more...).

To explore the topic of workplace mental health promotion and prevention, and highlight proven and promising initiatives from the field, we bring together expert speakers affiliated with the Neighbourhood at Work Centre, the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), and the Canadian Best Practices Initiative.


Martin Shain, SJD

Principal, Neighbour at Work Centre; Adjunct Lecturer, University of Toronto; Adjunct Professor, Simon Fraser University

Dr. Martin Shain is principal of the Neighbour at Work Centre®, a consulting agency in the area of workplace mental health and safety []. Martin is trained in both law and social science. He holds appointments in the departments of public health at the University of Toronto and Simon Fraser University where he is involved in research, development and teaching. Martin helps private and public sector employers and unions understand and meet their new legal obligations to provide and maintain psychologically safe workplaces. As part of his mission to enhance the protection of mental health at work, he was a member of the Technical Committee that developed Canada’s first National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, released in January 2013. His most recent book is “Preventing Workplace Meltdown: an employer’s guide to maintaining a psychologically safe workplace” (Shain and Baynton, Carswell, 2011).

Sapna Mahajan, MPH PMP

Director, Prevention and Promotion Initiatives, Mental Health Commission of Canada

Sapna comes to the Commission with experience working in health policy and management in Canada, the United States and overseas; Prior to joining the Commission, Sapna worked at the Queen’s Center for Health Services and Policy Research leading an economic modeling study to analyze provincial wide health human resource policy; She has also worked with the William J Clinton Foundation and the Centre for International Health and Development; At the Commission, she supports the implementation of prevention and promotion initiatives, leading and directly accountable for the implementation of the Commission’s revised strategic goals in the areas of Workplace and Suicide Prevention. Sapna holds a Masters in International Public Health – Health Policy and Management from Boston University and is a Project Management Professional.

Susan Courage, RN BScN

Senior Nursing Advisor, Canadian Best Practices Initiative

Susan is currently the Senior Nursing Advisor of the Best Practices Initiative, Interventions and Best Practices Division of the Public Health Agency of Canada; she holds a B.Sc. in Nursing and has further training in emergency preparedness, disaster management and infection control. Susan has worked for the federal Health Portfolio for eleven years as a Nurse/Officer of Public Health Security, National Coordinator of the Quarantine Service, and Manager of Emergency Preparedness and Response Conveyances. This followed a career as a practitioner and manager of community health care delivery with not for profit agencies. In her past roles Susan has developed expertise in workplace, occupational and mental health associated with emergency events and has also participated on World Health Organisation consultations as a technical advisor for implementation of the International Health Regulations and Preparedness for Mass Gatherings.